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Sorry, Julia. We Moms Don’t Have the Time.

Did you have a chance to see the movie Julie and Julia?  It is a great movie about a modern-day girl, Julie, cooking her way through Julia Child’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I have cooked many recipes from this book and it’s an all-day event.  The dinners are fabulous, but this type of cooking is just not practical for us modern-day busy moms.  For many of us, gone are the Julia Child days when stay-at-home moms had all day to prepare a fabulous French dinner while sipping highballs, smoking a cigarette and watching Days of Our Lives in our pearls.  Today, our lives are busier than ever. What Julia Child did in the mid-1900s by bringing fabulous French cooking to the housewife, I aim to do by bringing clarity, simplicity and organization to the busy modern-day mom in The Organized Cook™.




Ratatouille.  I made this vegetable dish and loved it.  Unfortunately, incorporating this gourmet recipe into my weekly meal planning as a side dish wasn’t practical because it took up too much of my time.  So, I figured if there were a way to combine a ratatouille into a main dish with a steak or chicken- and add a few short-cuts- it may work.  What I got from my culinary  experiment was one of my family’s favorite dinners: Toni’s Ratatouille Pan-Simmered Steak.  I didn’t even use seasoning with this dish because after it has simmered for an hour with eggplant, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes, it has such a fresh flavor.

I’ll keep experimenting in the kitchen on new family dinner favorites while finding new ways on how to save my valuable time and money at the  grocery store.  Learn more about how The Organized Cook™ can help you.





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Ratatouille Pan-Simmered Steak

Taking “back” the family dinner while saving time was my mission when I wrote The Organized Cook, with organization as the tool to help accomplish this.

I wrote awhile back about Julia Childs and how she brought fabulous French cooking to the mid-century housewife; and how I aim to bring organization into the kitchen of the modern-day busy mom.  Julia’s recipes are delicious and gourmet, but that type of cooking isn’t always practical for today’s on-the-go woman.

I love ratatouille and wanted to incorporate it into my book, but as a side dish it was way too time consuming.  I figured if I could combine this tasty dish with a main dish, it may fit into my time-saving method.  This was my inspiration for creating my Ratatouille Pan-Simmered Steak available in The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan.  Voila!- quick and gourmet.

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